The United Arab Emirates has stopped granting or renewing Direct Employment Visa for Nigerians in Western Asian countries.
It was gathered that over 500 Nigerians have lost their jobs and have been stranded for four months now. Many of the affected persons had returned to Nigeria, while hundreds of them are still in UAE, hoping that the country would reverse the decision.
The UAE Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr Fahad AI Taffaq, had said there was no official communication on the issuance of work permits for Nigerians living and working in his country.
Taffaq, who stated this when he received the Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, at the Embassy in Abuja, in August, noted that he read about the ban in the social media, stressing that “UAE has no restrictions against any nationality.”
Recent information has shown that the Federal Government, through the embassy and the NIDCOM, had held talks with the Emirati government to resolve this diplomatic issue between the two countries. There are still ongoing discussions between Nigeria and UAE.
It has been challenging for the affected Nigerians in UAE as many more are still losing their jobs in high numbers and are hoping for the issue to be resolved.
Oluwatosin Fadoju, a Dubai-based activist, stated that the UAE was using the policy as a punishment against Nigeria, stressing that the FG was not doing enough to resolve the issue.